A youth correctional facility in Charleston will soon become a prison for adults.
We’re told this will mean layoffs at the Mountain View Youth Development Center.
Maine Corrections Commissioner Joe Fitzpatrick says about 140 people work there.
He couldn’t tell us how many people will lose their jobs because he says they’re still looking into relocating folks and assessing retirements.
Fitzpatrick says the facility will soon have a more specialized focus on substance abuse treatment, elderly inmates and those with complex medical conditions.
Plus, he says they plan on expanding the young adult offender program for inmates 18 through 26-year-old.
Fitzpatrick says the reason for change at the facility is the steady decrease of incarcerated kids.
There were only 9 left at Mountain View a place that has about 140 beds.
Those juveniles have been moved to a facility in South Portland.
“I think it’s important that people realize that even though there’s some job loss potentially it’s really a good news story because part of the mission of the Department of Corrections is certainly to reduce recidivism and keep both kids and adults out of the system of we can as long as they are appropriately managed in the community so on the juvenile side of the house this is pretty progressive,” said Fitzpatrick.
Fitzgerald credits community workers and folks working in the facility for the drop in juvenile inmates.
He expects the switch over to happen by fall.
He plans to meet with Mountain View employees again this week to discuss cuts.